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Laurence (M)>

Laurence (male)

Variants:Labhrainn (M) Labhrás (M) Lara (M) Lars (M) Lasse (M) Lassi (M) Laurencjusz (M) Laurens (M) Laurent (M) Laurentius (M) Lauri (M) Lavrenti (M) Lawrence (M) Lawrenty (M) Llorenç (M) Loren (M) Lorencio (M) Lorenço (M) Lorenz (M) Lorenzo (M) Vavřinek (M) Wawrzyniec (M)
Pet Name(s):Larry (M) Laurie (M) Laz (M) Lazza (M)
Feminine form:Laura (F) Lauren (F) Laurencia (F)
Source(s): English Parish Register
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

French and English form of the Latin name Laurentius, "man from Laurentum". The place-name, Laurentum, may have been named from laurus, the "laurel bush".

In old documents in Latin, the form Laurentius may be used for Laurence/Lawrence, with appropriate case endings.

Lawrence is now the generally preferred spelling in English-speaking communities.